Weight gain in pregnancy – How much should you eat ?

Life for women living in cities has changed completely. They not only have to focus on their family but also their work lives. It is very important for women to ensure that they maintain a healthy lifestyle for to be able to cope up with the health issues. Today Women living in cosmopolitan cities such as Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad are experiencing health problems such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart strokes, etc. due to changes in lifestyle. These health issues are more prevalent amongst women working in IT/ITES environment. Not only the work pressure but odd work hours add to the miseries.

Great care needs to be taken to maintain good health, because it will determine everything that we do.  Gaining weight is very easy but it is very difficult to get rid of all that fat from our body. Almost all of us have to lead a healthy life because that is what we can give to the next generation.

Although weight gain during pregnancy is common, because women need to sustain themselves and at the same time sustain the fetus. Growth of the fetus is also important. The weight that women gain during pregnancy is for a reason. It is the evolution that women need to sustain their babies after their birth for sometime. In order to do so women store fat content in their body so that they are ready for the life ahead.  Women who deprive themselves of good nutrition during pregnancy tend to have smaller, sickly babies who require more hospital time and have a higher incidence of problems including neonatal.

At this stage It is important to define as to how much is enough during pregnancy. Weight gain is normal but it doesn’t mean that body weight should double during pregancy. It is essential to add 200-300 calories a day to present diet. But what you eat is what really counts.  Women need to ensure that their diet is nutrient dense that is full of good things for self and baby as opposed to junk food that is full of fat and sugar. This means at snack time reach for fresh fruit instead of a candy bar.

Excess weight gain becomes an issue for women to lose post pregnancy. Another problem is the gestational diabetes that women contract during pregnancy. During the third trimester, gestational diabetes is reported in some pregnant women. This is because their bodies do not produce the required amount of insulin which is required in breaking down the sugar molecule. Gestational diabetes is found in not more than 18% of people but, it is still of a concern. The after-effects of gestational diabetes is that the high glucose levels will enter the baby’s body and convert into fat, making the baby obese.

In order that pregnant women do not contract gestational diabetes, some steps can be taken. These include having foods that are not processed. Processed foods are easy to digest and contain a lot of calories and result in a sudden flow of glucose into the body. This sudden flow is reduced by eating whole grain food. Whole grain takes a lot of time to digest. This means that the glucose is released very slowly into the body, giving enough time for the insulin to act efficiently.

Pregnancy is not only tiring emotionally but also physically and many women are not able to cope up with all the changes in their body. Fortunately many good dieticians focus on post pregnancy weight loss programs. These Post pregnancy weight loss programs help women reduce weight they have gained during pregnancy and to lead a healthy life. It is always advisable to consult a Dietician and doctor for post pregnancy weight loss program as they can ensure that female body’s requirements as well requirements of the baby (in case of nursing mothers) are met and still ensure healthy weight loss.

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Niti Munjal

Dietician by Profession but an IT professional by heart who believes that marriage of IT and Healthcare is the way to go to improve lifestyle and health of people in the country.

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